Constitutional Court sets two dates for presidential petition issues

The Constitutional Court has finally set Friday September 2nd 2016 as date for hearing in the Petition contesting the re-election of President Edgar Lungu of PF, the Patriotic Front Party.

The Court has also set Thursday this week as the date of hearing for the UPND application to have the main petition amended.
The lawyers representing President Edgar Lungu argue that the 14 days in which the Petition should be heard will expire on Friday.

The lawyers are relying upon Article 103 (2) that states that: *The Constitutional Court shall hear an election petition relating to the President -Elect within fourteen days of the filing of the Petition*.

The lawyers are also relying on the Constitutional interpretation as provided for in *Article 269 (d)* which states that weekends are counted if the days of the matter exceeds six days.

The United Party for National Development UPND lawyers, on the other hand are contending that; the 14 days will end next Thursday on 8th September 2016 if weekends are excluded.

The UPND contend that the Court should consider 14 working days instead of 14 ordinary days.

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